Rule 24.b. of the ITF Rules of Tennis says that a player loses the point if “The player does not return the ball in play before it bounces twice consecutively . . . .” So, in our match, if the ball bounced twice before my opponent returned it, she lost the point.
Players on opposite ends of the court attempt to clear the net while keeping the ball in play until hitting a winner or until one player makes a mistake. This may include hitting a shot into the net, out of the tennis court boundaries, or allowing the ball to bounce more than once.
The receiver must let the serve bounce before touching it. In doubles, the receiver’s partner may not touch the served ball. The net is defined as being the net, centre strap and metal cable between, but not including the netposts or singles sticks.
It can bounce two or more times on your opponent’s side (if so, that’s your point), bounce over the side, or even hit the edge. 5. DOUBLES SERVES MUST GO RIGHT COURT TO RIGHT COURT. The serve must bounce in the server’s right court, and receiver’s right court (NOTE: landing on center line is fair).
The balls in a tennis match are changed for new balls every 6 games A player loses a point if they fail to return the ball in either the correct areas on the court, hits the net and doesn’t go into opponent’s area or fails to return the ball before it bounces twice in their half.
In most other competitive tennis matches, new balls are issued during the third set if the tournament organizer provides them. Does the ball have to bounce before hitting it? The only time the ball needs to bounce before hitting it is when the receiver returns their opponent’s serve.
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